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The old tunes are the best…

Modern musicals try to dominate audiences, unlike their far superior American forebears

Remember the old saw: when something is too stupid to say, you sing it. That’s not true today. Now you make a West End musical out of it, viz. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest, Whistle Down the Wind. This show is so bad in so many ways that I do not propose to dwell on it. And yet, and yet-this monstre th??trale does have a certain interest: it illustrates almost perfectly why so many new shows are inferior to so many older (usually American) musicals.

We have seen plenty of these classics revived in recent years. The Royal National and Opera…

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